Editor Karen McMahon recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico, where the seed and research industries are thriving. We chose our top four images for this week from the six total pieces we have published in a series called “Week in Puerto Rico.” See the rest of the series here:
Piece 1: Video: Soybean, seed nursery business thrives in Puerto Rico
Piece 2: Video: New corn genetics line launched with non-GMO stress insect tolerance
Piece 3: Photo gallery: Major rice company uses Puerto Rico for seed research, nursery
Piece 4: Video: Spectrum Seed Solutions uses DuraYield genetics for non-GMO markets
Piece 5: Gallery: Bayer CropScience expands see research, nursery in Puerto Rico
Piece 6: Story: Move over Hawaii – Puerto Rico takes over U.S. winter seed work
1. Plenty of rice
Puerto Rico is home to a large rice nursery owned by RiceTec, the United States’ only hybrid rice seed producer. Headquartered in Alvin, Texas, RiceTec also produces 10 specialty rice products like risotto for the consumer market.
2. Sunflower seed
Bayer CropScience is one of the seed industry newcomers to Puerto Rico. In 2001, the company began working on cotton genetics. Since then, the company has added soybeans and rice and plans to add corn in the future. Right now, two leased farms are used for planting the plots and fields. Bayer plans to improve its facilities and move to new offices next year as it increases its presence on the island.
Bayer CropScience conducts sunflower seed research and production.
3. Seed for research
Seed is dried out for five days before being sent out. This seed produced in the nursery fields is ready for shipping to AgReliant researchers in the Corn Belt.
4. Research plots
Puerto Rico is home to a large rice nursery owned by RiceTec, the United States’ only hybrid rice seed producer. Research plots are separated with plastic to prevent cross-contamination of genetics.